Liz's Safari pages Samburu
Home < Safari site map < Samburu info < Gerenuks > Reticulated Giraffe


In East Africa, the best place to see Gerenuk is in Samburu and Buffalo Springs. In Swahili, its name is Swala twiga, or 'giraffe-antelope', because of its long neck. It is a browser, especially of acacia, and has an ecological niche of its own. Because of its long neck, and its ability to stand up on its hindlegs to browse, the Gerenuk has a feeding area between that of the other gazelles and that of the giraffes. They are very elegant animals, and it is my ambition to get the definitive Gerenuk image, with a group of Gerenuk browsing around a bush, including a male, all looking photogenic at the same time. (I don't want much!)
Nearly the 'classic' Gerenuk photo - but where's the male? (19.4k) Young Gerenuk stay with their mothers until they are 12 - 18 months old (11k*) Female Gerenuks may have four calves within three years (16k)
Female Gerenuk browsing 26k This Gerenuk seems to have seen us. (12k*)
A hi-res version of this image can be found at View My Portfolio
Always on the lookout for danger
A hi-res version of this image can be found at View My Portfolio
Home link Safari index link More images Village visit Gerenuk sketch link Shaba link
Home Page Safari Index Reticulated Giraffe Tribal village Gerenuk sketches Shaba

Text and images © Liz Leyden, 2008
Email: liz [at] v-liz [dot] com
May be used for non-profit personal or educational purposes only.
Don't hotlink to my images.
Many of my best African images are available royalty-free, exclusively at View My Portfolio